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Experimental Darkroom

From the analog darkroom to Instagram to artificial intelligence, there are few media more multifaceted and versatile than photography. This hands-on class introduces students to experimental approaches in the darkroom using photograms, chemistry, digital negatives, and other techniques. Students will gain introductory knowledge of photographic history and theory, as well as a range of contemporary photographic practices. Students will expand their ways of seeing, reading, and discussing images. Demos and in-class assignments will give students opportunities to utilize the skills introduced in the course and will test the creative possibilities of analog photography. In the spirit of photography’s history, the class allows for and encourages novel experimentation in the darkroom.

Accessibility – Please email classes@kala.org prior to enrolling so we can assess if we are able to accommodate you (and your service animal) safely and efficiently.

  • Tuition: $320
  • Location: Heinz Printmaking Studio
  • Instructor: Alex Arzt
  • 4 Classes
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 — November 9, 2023
  • 6:00PM — 9:00PM
  • $45 Materials Fee - Payable to the instructor on the first day


About the Instructor:

Alex Arzt is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, administrator, and gardener based in Oakland, CA. Rooted in a connection to place, she facilitates connections between human and nonhuman spaces by creating projects in the form of publications, interactive objects, workshops, group performances, lectures, videos and experimental gardens. From 2018-2022, she was an Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. She is a founder of the artist collective Whiz World and runs a Risograph press called A Magic Mountain. Her publishing projects are in the collections of libraries, such as Getty Institute and SFMOMA. She has been awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2015-2020, she taught courses in photography, time-based media and book making at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, SFAI, and VCU. She works as the Development and Communications Manager at San Francisco Center for the Book.